Overcoming Infertility–The Catholic Way

By Susan Ciancio / May 13, 2022 /
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One of the most amazing gifts of a marriage is children. The excitement of a new life coming into the world cannot be matched by much. That’s why it’s so difficult, as a faithful people, to witness the sadness of couples who face infertility. With our country’s advances in technology, couples facing infertility have myriad…

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Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Which Methods Are Moral?

By Susan Ciancio / May 6, 2022 /
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The Catholic Church teaches that in vitro fertilization is immoral because it not only commodifies a person but also eliminates the marital act from that person’s creation. In addition, it can lead to the deaths of tiny preborn children when unwanted embryos are discarded or used for testing. This is a bitter pill to swallow…

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Using the Theology of the Body To Teach Chastity to Young Adult Children

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / April 29, 2022 /
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“The Theology of the Body (TOB) is pretty hard to understand for a lay person. How can I use it to have a conversation about human sexuality and chastity with my son or daughter who is already a young adult?” It is evident that the parent-child relationship takes a turn when the son or daughter…

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Male and Female Sterilization

By HLI Staff / April 22, 2022 /

“Blessed are the wombs that never bore.”   The End of Generation Sterilization is, in one sense, the epitome of anti-life activities, the crowning legacy of people like Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, and other eugenicists. This is because it fully achieves the end that those activists hoped for: removal of the generative capacities of human…

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How Rich is the Pro-Life Movement?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 23, 2022 /
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The Baseless Propaganda For decades, pro-abortionists have painted pro-lifers as a bunch of cruel, rich old white men intent upon controlling women’s bodies and lives (read or watch The Handmaid’s Tale for their depressing version of reality). Their websites and blogs repeat endlessly what Anne Nicol Gaylor alleged in her bizarre 1975 propaganda book Abortion…

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Responding to Same-Sex Attraction as a Catholic Parent

By Susan Ciancio / March 18, 2022 /
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Navigating our children’s emotional, spiritual, and mental health is a huge part of parenting. It’s a responsibility that most do not take lightly. And when our children hurt in any way, we also hurt. That empathy is part of the immense love that parents have for offspring. When we see our children hurting, we want…

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Using the Theology of the Body to Teach Chastity to Your Teenage Children

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / March 16, 2022 /
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Our world is saturated and infatuated with sex. We see scantily-clad women on billboards and on TV advertisements. We see ads on TV for birth control pills, for IUDs, and for the little blue pill for men. We hear about sex in song lyrics, in jokes on TV, and in the news. It’s no wonder…

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Is AIDS a “Gay” Disease?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 9, 2022 /
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“HIV is a gay disease.” This is a myth that refuses to die. Misinformation, fear, ignorance and media sensationalism continue to fuel this myth in America. For every one person like me trying to tell the truth about HIV transmission, there seems to be a dozen shrieking, simpleminded, natural-born dullards with a staggering inability to…

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Does Legalizing Abortion Stop Filthy, Back-Alley Abortions?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 4, 2022 /

Why All the Talk about Back-Alley Abortions? Before Roe v. Wade led to the widespread legalization of abortion, pro-abortion activists had a problem. The procedure was viewed with extraordinary negativity, and statistics did not back up their various arguments for legalizing abortion. Recognizing that abortion itself was unpalatable to the public, they resorted to a…

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Gender Dysphoria in the DSM-5: The Change in Terminology

By Susan Ciancio / February 25, 2022 /
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The word dysphoria means “a state of feeling very unhappy, uneasy, or dissatisfied.” Gender dysphoria occurs when a person feels a persistent incongruence or disconnect between their biological sex and the one they identify with. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published its latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—the DSM-5.…

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John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Living the Gospel of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet | July 25, 2013 |

In this 2012 presentation, HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet speaks about John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how it is an important resource in understanding God’s plan for marriage, family, and society. The Theology of the Body was given by the pope as a response to the attack on human sexuality and…

Humanae Vitae Explained

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro | July 25, 2013 |

In this 2001 presentation, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, executive director of HLI’s Rome office, explains that the Church has always taught that contraception is a sin. Some claims arose starting in the early 1960s that this teaching was in question, but this has never been the case. The climate of the times within the Church and…

Audio Lecture: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Model for Life

By Patricia Bainbridge | July 25, 2013 |

In this recording, Patricia Bainbridge, chairman of HLI’s Board of Directors, tells a true story of faith – the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At a time when human sacrifice was rampant in Mexico because of the influence of the pagan Aztec Indians, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City…

10 Abortion Myths

By HLI Staff | July 25, 2013 |

In this audio talk, HLI Director of Education and Research Dr. Brian Clowes provides an overview of the 10 most common abortion myths that are repeated by the media, and explains how to refute each and every one. These are the same arguments that come up over and over again in everyday conversation because most…

Abortion: Legacy of Contraception

By Fr. Paul Marx, OSB | July 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Abortion: Legacy of Contraception

In this talk, Father Paul Marx, O.S.B., founder of Human Life International, describes the destruction caused by the use of contraception. He explains that abortion and contraception are psychologically and metaphysically connected to each other. Because they are so strongly linked, Fr. Marx believes that priests and bishops that speak out against contraception do more…

The World Sex Mess Confirms Catholic Teaching

By HLI Staff | July 25, 2013 |

In this 1998 audio recording by Father Paul Marx, O.S.B., founder of Human Life International, you learn how the crisis of declining populations of so many countries is directly linked to the world’s rejection of traditional Catholic teachings on abortion and birth control. Here are a few facts Fr. Marx explains: Of the 45 countries…

Pro-Abortion Violence: Setting the Record Straight

By HLI Staff | July 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Pro-Abortion Violence: Setting the Record Straight

Pro-abortionists and the media talk a lot about “anti-choice violence” and an alleged “organized campaign of terror and intimidation against reproductive health centers.” Such charges were again being thrown about in the wake of the cowardly murder of abortionist George Tiller in late May 2009. While all truly pro-life groups and persons condemn all murder as…

Does Welfare Reduce Abortion?

By HLI Staff | July 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Does Welfare Reduce Abortion?

Social scientists have long documented that when women are paid to have children out of wedlock, they are more likely to do so. For example, James Q. Wilson wrote in the Fall 2005 In Character, “A third reason for single-parent families is that, at least in this country, welfare payments have enabled poor women to choose children and government checks over…

True Story II – Central and Eastern Europe: A Return to Life

By HLI Staff | July 2, 2013 | Comments Off on True Story II – Central and Eastern Europe: A Return to Life

“These countries are in crisis. They need to do something radical to move away from the Culture of Death… and if they don’t, they are going to disappear.” — Joseph Meaney, Director of International Coordination, Human Life International In Hungary and Poland we find two European nations whose people and deep Christian roots have suffered…

True Story I – The Philippines: Preserving a Culture of Life

By HLI Staff | July 2, 2013 |

In December 2012, the Congress of the Philippines finally passed the destructive RH Bill and it was signed into law by President Beningno Aquino. In April 2014 the Supreme Court of the Philippines struck down several provisions of the law, but some of the most objectionable parts were upheld. The legal battle is far from…